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2003 Edition of the Recording Industry Sourcebook is Now Released and available from Music Books Plus!



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Heat Seakers - top 25
The Heatseekers chart lists the best-selling titles by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the top 100 of The Billboard 200 chart.

"Business Chops For Music People"
Get the Tools to Survive in Today's Competitive Music Market

Look for updates on the first in a series of hands-on workshops for independent artists, producers, engineers, studio operators on business planning, marketing, and goal-setting.
The workshop is presented by music business guru John Stiernberg.
studioexpresso is pleased to present this half-day workshop in association with Succeeding In Music and Mix Magazine founder David Schwartz.
Details on date, venue, surprise guest speaker, and registration to be announced.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
E-mail David Schwartz or phone SIM at (818) 784-8618 or studioexpresso at 877-645-9777 toll free.

Studio Spotlight

Universal Mastering Studios...

...where UMG artists have been working for years. Now open to music community at large!

studioexpresso caught up with mixer/engineer Steve Holroyd (Counting Crowes, Meat Loaf, Linda Ronstadt) who gave us the grand tour.

Take an Express Tour of
UMS with Steve and hear the latest here...

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Producer Profile

Jeff Gross , producer/songwriter/musician
Mickey Champion, RAJ, Yussi

The movie Poolhall Junkies" released this year nationwide, features original music by Jeff Gross. Read more...


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Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

Last some heard Matric was from Williamsburg and signed to Restless. Somewhere in there they were a duo living in the U.K. who wound up with a cool tune in a Polaroid ad on television here in the USA.

Most recently they moved to LA from Toronto and recorded their debut full length album at Elgonix Labs with producer/composer Michael Andrews (Elgin Park, Donnie Darko, Gary Jules, DJ Greyboy)

The album was recorded in two months. The band dug into the vintage analog, Mike fueled their fire, and engineer Eddie Miller caught it all on tape. The result is the debut album by Metric, described by a friend on the inside as sounding like "The Cars fronted by a female Jean-Paul Sartre."


The Journey Within

Enter To Win A Signed Guitar, Baseball, Or Bat here!

Any baseball fan knows how Bernie Williams plays. The superstar New York Yankees center fielder has consistently flashed grace, passion, disciplined focus and a remarkably fluid sense of rhythm in feats both at the plate and in the field that have made him truly the heir in his role to no less than Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Now music fans will know the same qualities. The Journey Within, Williams' debut album, spotlights his impressive gifts as a guitarist and composer. Due July 15th from renowned GRP Records, it's a set of shimmering instrumentals - seven original Williams compositions plus versions of Billy Joel's "And So It Goes," Kansas' "Dust in the Wind" and Brazilian legend Baden Powell's "Samba Novo."


Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

Flaming Lips
(Warner Brothers) have signed a new futures deal with Universal for the world ex-North America. One of the most innovative bands of modern times, their last two albums The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots have consistently appeared in critics\' end of year Top 10's.

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne said, "Like a giant spaceship, we (The Flaming Lips) are once again encouraged to explore new and unknown artistic dimensions. We thank Paul Connolly for his goodwill, for it has made us more determined and self-assured."

Exploring The Soul

Some of Southern Africa's finest vocalists and instrumentalists, along with contemporary jazz icons from America, have come together on this ambitious collaboration. Under the guidance of Heads Up President Dave Love, Smooth Africa II: Exploring the Soul features such all-stars as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jimmy Dludlu, Spyro Gyra, Andy Narell, Prince Kupi, Gloria Bosman, Joe McBride, and 2003 South African Music Award winners; Shaluza Max and Moses Khumalo.

A visit to South Africa in 1998 with keyboardist McBride (the first American to ever perform at Cape Town's annual Jazzathon) provided Love with the initial inspiration to debut Smooth Africa. "I had fallen in love with the entire country, its people, its culture," says Love. "But mostly I was amazed by the talented local musicians who played with Joe, and felt they needed to be heard outside of South Africa."

Trumpet Evolution

The new album by Grammy and Emmy winning trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval offers 19 tracks chosen personally by Sandoval in tribute to some of his favorite trumpet players - from early jazz pioneers such as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, to his own mentor Dizzy Gillespie, Mexican composer Rafael Mendez, and classical players Timofei Dokschizer and Maurice Andre. Sandoval enlisted executive producer Quincy Jones to help steer the project, and he re-created each tune with the blessing of the original artists or their surviving family members.

" . . . My philosophy has always been that I love music. Period. I don't want to be remembered as a jazz trumpeter. I'd like to be remembered as a man who loved music. Because I like to play piano, I like to compose. I like to do all those things as much as I like to play the trumpet," says Sandoval.

For more information please contact Matt Hanks at Shore Fire Media

One Step Forward
The new release by the Afropean Hip Hop/R&B duo Les Nubians
shares a connected feeling with people in Jamaica, Egypt, Cameroon, Chad, London and their native Paris.

Since their '99 U.S. debut Princesses Nubiennes became the most successful French-language album in more than a decade of Billboard charts.

One Step Forward was recorded in Jamaica, Cameroon, London and at home in Paris, where sisters and band mates Helene and Celia were joined by African Jazz legend Manu Dibango, pianist Ray Lema, Classical musician Benjamin Biolay, dancehall Reggae stars Morgan Heritage, UK Electronica wizard I.G. Culture, Mounir Belkhir, the poetic producer of the US hit track “Makeda” and more. For Les Nubians, these diverse sessions were a chance to work with some of their biggest influences, while bringing together the music of a wide range of cultures and generations.

The Anthem

A song for the so-called "losers" in every junior high and high school across America, the ones who are shunned and mocked for their appearance or their foreign background or their lack of money. Benji and Joel of Good Charlotte knew-and befriended-some of those kids, and now have given them what Benji calls "a song that would help them get through the day. It's a song that could help them say, 'hey, bring it on-it won't bother me because I don't wanna be like you.'"

Their last release, The Young and The Hopeless was recorded between Feb and May 2002. Good Charlotte worked with Eric Valentine (Third Eye Blind, Smashmouth, the Dwarves, and Queens of the Stone Age), who produced the album at his own Barefoot Studio in Hollywood, CA with a little help from friend/mixer/engineer Ken Allardyce.

Garage Days
Romance and Comedy

Alex Proyas' film brings a mind bending cool vision to the world of music. From Fox Searchlight Pictures
Opens In select cities July 18

Garage Days - 1 hr. 45 min. A coming-of-age comedy about a young Sydney band trying to get a foothold in the competitive world of rock n' roll. After the band's first gig is a colossal failure, the lead singer takes it upon himself to go out and pursue the most successful rock manager in the country. Meanwhile the other members of the band continue to deal with the kind of every day life issues that can ultimately tear a band apart. It may be the dawn of a new millennium but it's still a long way to the top if you want to rock n' roll...
Exclusive engagements started last Friday at: Santa Monica Laemmles Monica (310) 394-9741; West Hollywood Laemmles Sunset 5 (323) 848-3500); Costa Mesa - Edwards South and Pasadena UA Marketplace.
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Next To You

Meadows found inspiration for this album in the story of Lance Armstrong - a world-class athlete nearly struck down by cancer, only to recover and win the Tour de France in 1999.

After studying jazz with Anthony Truglia, Meadows attended Berklee College of Music, where he majored in arranging and composition. Meadows perfected his craft studying with Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. "Not long after I finished school, (well-known jazz drummer) Norman Connors recorded my song 'Invitation' and then asked me to join his band. I later produced his Passion album with him. Things just fell into place."

"The real magic for me happens in the studio when I put on those headphones and begin to play. That's where the ideas just start to flow. Everything else in my musical life comes out of that moment," says Meadows.

Old World Underground,
Where Are You Now?
Enjoy Records

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Bernie Williams
The Journey Within GRP[Enhanced CD]
Release date 7/15/2003



Flaming Lips
Warner Bros.
In the stores now!



Smooth Africa II
Exploring The Soul
Heads UP
Release Date: 7/22/03



Arturo Sandoval
Trumpet Evolution
Crescent Moon/Columbia
Release Date: 5/6/03






Les Nubians
One Step Forward
Higher Octave/Virgin





Good Charlotte
Label : Epic
Release Date : 07/08/2003




July 18th
At Select Theaters
Soundtrack At Amazon






Marion Meadows
Head Up

Next To You

Taupin Art
Poetry On Canvas

Bernie Taupin and Elton John have enjoyed one of the most fruitful writing partnerships in pop music history. Taupin has been a major behind-the-scenes force known for his contribution on timeless hits, including: "Your Song," "Daniel," and "Candle in the Wind."
Fast forward 2003 and meet Taupin, the artist. This time he puts poetry on canvas. The simple yet universal ideas one can embrace and the passion conveyed in his works remain unchanged. studioexpresso is pleased to bring you Taupin Art.

L-R: Sunday in Atlantis; Bernie Taupin with American Burka

Much of Bernie Taupin's artwork can be viewed through many different lenses: be they clear, colored or cracked . . .At first one might be attracted by the sheer beauty or aesthetic of the piece . . Upon closer inspection one might sense the social and political commentary that lies beneath the layers of oil and acrylics. While he would be considered an Abstract Expressionist he is also exploring his own uncharted territory by creating mixed media pieces that include a variety of eclectic materials from barb wire, mannequins, 2 x 4's, bits of clothing to Wyoming license plates, padlocks and chicken wire. Using oil and acrylic to explore his heart and soul, Taupin paints as he writes, of evocative dreams and provocative nightmares, of love lost and love found.

Access Taupinart or Moondance Fine Arts Gallery in Los Angeles which solely features over 40 pieces of Bernie Taupin's artwork.
By appointment only please - call Wendi Mirabella 310/287-2329 for further info


Saadiq's Pookie Entertainment
Release of a live album and launch of his new label

After years of reporting to major labels for his solo and Tony! Toni! Tone! albums, Raphael Saadiq is going to do things his way and start a new chapter in his musical life by opening the doors to his own company, Pookie Entertainment.

He'll be releasing his first-ever live album in October (exact date TBA) on his Pookie Entertainment record label and is currently in negotiations with a major distributor. It will be the first official Pookie Entertainment indie release since the critically acclaimed and Grammy® nominated self-titled album by Lucy Pearl (Raphael's post-TTT project with Dawn Robinson from En Vogue and Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest), which came out May 2000 and was distributed by BMG.

Three special live performances of Raphael and his 12-piece band, along with many surprise guests, will be taped in front of fans and radio contest winners July 2 in San Diego at the Belly Up Tavern, July 3 in Los Angeles at the House of Blues and July 4 in Las Vegas at the House of Blues.
The performances will also be filmed for a forthcoming DVD, which will be released sometime next year via Pookie Entertainment.
Meanwhile, Raphael will release his second solo studio album in February 2004, which will be recorded at his Blakeslee Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA.
All this excitement follows his "Best R&B Song" Grammy® Award win this past February for Erykah Badu's "Love Of My Life (Ode To Hip Hop)" from the "Brown Sugar" soundtrack. He racked up a total of five nominations, including "Best R&B Album" for the critically-acclaimed Instant Vintage, which was released May 21, 2002 on Universal Records.
Raphael was actually the first artist in Grammy® history to be nominated without having a major record label deal. He amicably parted ways with Universal in December 2002.

Since Raphael concluded promotion of the album in February, he's been keeping busy producing songs for upcoming albums by D'Angelo, Kelis, Nikka Costa, Snoop Dogg and many others.

In other news, Raphael's venturing into the A&R world of the music industry and is looking for soul, hip-hop and rap artists for his label. Copyrighted material only can be sent to: Pookie Entertainment, 4850 Vineland Ave., #241, North Hollywood, CA 91601.


UMG Announces New Venture with Tommy Mottola
Universal Motown Records to Distribute Casablanca Label


Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has entered into an exclusive venture with Thomas D. Mottola to launch Casablanca Records. The announcement was made on July 8th by Doug Morris, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group, Mel Lewitner, Chairman & CEO of Universal Motown Records Group, and Mr. Mottola.

"We are delighted to be in business with Tommy and his dynamic team at Casablanca," stated Mr. Morris. "For over a decade, he was the heart and soul of Sony’s creative success. Tommy brings to the company the same innovation and creativity that have been the hallmarks of everything he’s done in his storied career."

"I could not ask for a better partner than Doug; our close friendship began over twenty years ago, and I am thrilled to be working with him now. I am also looking forward to working with Mel, whom I respect greatly, and the entire Universal Motown Records team to grow Casablanca into a worldwide success," said Mottola.

"Tommy is a remarkably creative talent in his own right, who possesses the intuitive ability to build, strengthen and transform artists into powerful global brands," added Mr. Lewinter. "And under his leadership, we are confident that Casablanca will provide the kind of organic environment needed for artists to develop, while at the same time benefiting from Universal Motown’s unique support system."

As one of the most highly regarded and influential executives in the worldwide entertainment business, Mr. Mottola most recently served as Chairman and CEO Sony Music Entertainment. During his tenure, he transformed Sony into one of the most successful global music companies in history, expanding its businesses in over 60 countries, while creating one of the strongest management teams in the industry. Along the way, he developed and nurtured many of contemporary music’s top icons, from Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan and Aerosmith, to Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Nas, the Dixie Chicks, Shakira and Marc Anthony, among many others.

A renowned trendsetter, Mottola has also been at the forefront of driving popular culture, creating a number of highly successful strategic co-branding initiatives, including superstar Celine Dion’s marketing partnership with Chrysler and an unprecedented and multifaceted global marketing campaign with Pepsi. Moreover, he revitalized Sony Music’s publishing division by securing the much sought after acquisition of Sony Tree and enabled Sony to become the first major music company to make available commercial digital downloads.

Mottola joined Sony (then CBS Records) in 1988 at age 37 as President of CBS Records, making him the youngest President in CBS history. A year later, after a restructuring of the company, he was named President of Sony Music. And in 1993, he was named Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. Prior to joining CBS, Mr. Mottola was one of music’s most prominent artist managers, who successfully launched the careers of such chart-toppers as Hall & Oates, Carly Simon and John Mellencamp.

Most recently, Mr. Mottola branched out into television production when leading music channel VH-1 approached him about developing a reality based television program centered around his unprecedented track record for discovering, nurturing and transforming female artists into worldwide superstar divas. Serving as Executive Producer, Mr. Mottola and VH-1 debuted Born to Diva earlier this year and enjoyed immediate success. Detailing an intercontinental musical search for the next diva, the program quickly garnered critical acclaim and launched its own dedicated following of fans through thousands of pieces of mail and hundreds of web sites from around the world.

Known also for his many philanthropic activities, Mottola serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Police Athletic League, T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, Leukemia and AIDS Research, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum, and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.

Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries around the world. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry\'s largest global music publishing operations. Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, MCA Nashville, MCA Records, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Records and Verve Music Group, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketedthrough two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the US) and UM3 (outside the US). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its division dedicated to strategy, business development, and management of new businesses in the online and advanced technology space. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

Casablanca was once run by the late Neil Bogart and included such artists as Kiss, Donna Summer and the Village People.

The Strings Rock

In early March, violinist Eric Gorfain and his string quartet the Section visited New York City, to accompany pop princess Christina Aguilera while she performed her hit single "Beautiful" on Saturday Night Live. A few weeks later, the Section performed at a benefit concert in Los Angeles, the group's home base. The quartet again accompanied a chart-topping singer-in this case, pensive pianist Fiona Apple-and also performed a set that drew on its own repertoire: string arrangements of songs by the theatrical hard-rock band Kiss and art-rockers Radiohead, plus an orchestral arrangement of the classic-rock staple "Sunshine of Your Love.". Read more in the current issue of Strings Magazine...

Copyright Office Publishes Regulations for Soundexchange
Washington - July 10, 2003 - The Copyright Office has announced the final regulations that will govern Soundexchange, an unincorporated division of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), when it functions as the designated agent for royalty payments and statements of accounts from nonexempt subscription digital-transmission services that make digital transmissions of sound recordings under a statutory license.

These regulations are applicable to the initial license period beginning Nov. 1, 1995, through Dec. 31, 2001. The regulations take effect on July 18, 2003.
To view the Federal Register announcement, visit here:

Barenaked Ladies at Royaltone Studios!

Pictured at the Neve console (L-R) are Tyler Stewart, Steven Page, Jim Creeggan, Design FX general manager Michael May, Royaltone president Jane Scobie, Kevin Hearn, and Ed Robertson.
Photo by David Goggin

The Barenaked Ladies booked LA's Royaltone Studios for their new album. Vintage outboard gear provided by Design FX Rentals supplementing the studios' sizable collection.


Avatar Gets Two Tec Award Nominations

Avatar Studios has just been nominated for two 2003 TEC Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Record Production / Album category as the studio where Sheryl Crow's C'mon C'mon (engineered by Trina Shoemaker) and Diana Krall's Live in Paris (engineered by Al Schmitt) were recorded. Winners will be announced at the 19th Annual TEC Awards ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2003 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

L-R:Jack Joseph Puig (Producer / Engineer), Tino Passante, John Mayer At Avatar

Avatar recently acquired another Pro Tools HD3 system by Digidesign with 40 inputs and 56 outputs at 192kHz. It has dual LCD monitors, and is loaded with plug-ins.

Latest buzz at Avatar: Elliot Scheiner was in with producer Rob Mounsey tracking
for new Universal / Verve artist SISSEL. Brian Montgomery assisted. Elvis Costello's latest record was tracked entirely in studios A with Kevin Killen. Jive artist Bowling For Soup and Rick Fante on Virgin Records were recorded at Avatar. Telarc Records and producer Russ Titelman completed a new John Pizzarelli recording. Me'Shell Ndegocello produced project which included Joshua Redman and Jack DeJohnette. Producer / composer Stephen Endelman and producer Peter Asher were in recording the music for a Cole Porter Tribute Film. Dave Holland latest big band record, done at Avatar, won a Grammy earlier this year. Columbia Jazz VP/ producer Yves Beauvais was in with James Carter tracking for a new record. Cassandra Wilson finished mixing her latest record

Don't miss Avatar's Super Summer Recording Special
Save up to 50% off on studio time when you book a session between now and August 31, 2003. (Note: must use Avatar staff engineer as part of package; limited room availability;
limited time slots at deepest rate discounts; discount varies by amount of time booked, days & hours; based on nature of session; discount applies to studio time only).
Contact Tino, studio manager for further details.

Jan Folkson Partners with Sound On Sound Recording in Studio E

The multi-talented Jan Folkson has partnered with Sound On Sound Recording to open Studio E, a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD-based editing and mixing environment manned by Folkson. A MIDI programmer, mixer and Pro Tools engineer, Folkson has worked with some of music’s greatest artists, musicians and engineers, as well as such notable producers as Phil Ramone, Nile Rodgers, Peter Asher and Joel Moss. Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Steely Dan, Vanessa Williams, Audra McDonald.

Bill Cosby pictured with his drummer (left) and guitarist (right)
during a recent session at Sound On Sound

With a control room and ISO booth, Studio E is set up for both stereo and surround mixing with monitors by Quested, Genelec and Yamaha. At its core is a Pro Tools|HD4 48 in/24 out with numerous plug ins and a Control 24 console designed jointly by Digidesign and Focusrite housed in an Argosy enclosure. Like Sound on Sound’s Studio D, a preproduction/overdub suite with Pro Tools|HD4 system, Folkson’s Studio E was designed by Lawrence P. Swist Designs.

Among many clients last month, Bill Cosby paid a visit to Sound On Sound, tracking a project for Nickelodeon in Studio A with producer Don Braden and engineer Richard Furch.

Sound On Sound’s Studios D and E complement Studios A and B, both outfitted wtih SSL 9000J consoles, and Studio C, which features a Sony Oxford board. For more information on Sound On Sound Recording, contact Chris Bubacz at 212-757-5300.


Win an Mbox signed by Linkin Park

Digidesign has teamed up with Linkin Park and Guitar World for a Stone Free contest, offering everyone eligible the chance to win one-of-a-kind Linkin Park items and a Mbox autographed by the band members.

Interested parties may visit Guitar World, click on the “Win This” button and then click the Linkin Park link to enter to win:
One Mbox, autographed by Linkin Park
A personalized Hybrid Theory plaque
An autographed Meteora standup
Meteora on vinyl
Contest ends July 20, 2003. For information on Mbox, visit Digidesign.

Radio & Records Convention Report
Music, Wine & Whine?!

At R&R Convention this past month, held at Merv Griffin’s world-famous Beverly Hilton hotel, attendees were treated to three days (6/19-21) of solid learning sessions and topflight entertainment at the industry’s largest gathering of radio and record executives.

With the music industry in a deep trough, nearly every session at the convention touched on the various issues that plague the business these days
. One of the sponsor billboards read: "20 million people will download MP3 music this month. But, who's counting?" Mood was lighter at the "Rate-A-Record," "Rate-A-Wine" session sponsored by Verve Records. Do I need to explain? Broadcast Architecture provided the groovy electronic rating boxes. The panelists (comprised of A&R and DJ's) and the audience voted for their fave song and wine. Our pick: Artesa Vineyards, Napa Valley.
Def Jam and Island sponsored the alternative/rock gathering at the Roxy to discuss issues concerning the state of the two fomrats under the "Wine & Whine" title.

The buzz was HD Radio from the folks at IBiquity digital who claim:
AM digital will have FM-like audio quality
FM digital will have CD-like audio quality
Static-free and crystal clear reception
Wireless data services to include on-demand audio

IBiquity has licensed over 35 Broadcast Groups for Digital AM/FM Conversion across US. LA's public radio station KUSC 91.5 FM is one of many stations who has gone digital with HD.
For the first time, this year Latin radio and record execs were represented. Warner Music Latina presented a one-on-one interview with Julio Iglesias Jr.

R&R Industry Achievement Award ceremonies were held on Friday Eve and performances by Eve 6, Rumblefish, White Light Motorcade, Cauterize followed at the Roxy.

Last but not least, America's Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani was the keynote speaker. A determined leader who brought remarkable strength and stability at a time of great uncertainty in NY...offered the same passion and understanding to the R&R participants.

Go Rudy!

Sharing the Cause for Peace
Michelle Shocked and Wilb

Michelle Shocked (Campfire Girl Series) and Columnist/Emcee/Activist Wil b after they perfomed together on the remix of Wil's controversial "Dear Mr Bush" song.

Mix Masters
A book by Maureen Droney

Buy the book here!

Platinum Engineers Reveal Their Secrets For Success, from Berklee Press, offers a very candid and behind the scenes look into the world of the unsung hero of the recording studio: the recording engineer. Author Droney, who has enjoyed an extensive 20-year career as recording engineer on high-profile album projects ranging from artists Santana to Tower of Power, asks all the right and pertinent questions---ones not usually posed by less technically qualified writers.

There are 27 interviews here of engineering greats like Don Murray, Al Schmitt, Mick Guzauski, Geoff Emerick and Elliot Scheiner to name a few. These engineers reveal many of the recording secrets used in albums by Aaliyah, Nine Inch Nails, Brian Eno, Coolio, Faith Hill, The Beatles, Babyface, Santana, The Rolling Stones and many more.

"Offers a very candid and behind the scenes look into the world of the unsung hero of the recording studio. Author Droney asks all the right and pertinent questions. Mix Masters is an all-around great read for anyone interested in the magic that can happen during a recording session." - Barry Rudolph

Not File sharing Again!

Optisoft S.L., provider of popular peer-to-peer program Blubster, announced the launch of Blubster 2.5 in the wake of the latest litigious efforts by the RIAA and MPAA to erode consumer privacy and monopolize control of the P2P entertainment market. As Verizon has been handed a court decision forcing the company to reveal the identity of Internet subscribers accused of music piracy, Blubster has re-launched with a new secure, decentralized, self-assembling network that provides users with private, anonymous accounts.


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Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Chris Fogel - Fig, Glendale, CA
Greg Ladanyi - Tidal Wave Sound, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Steve Parr - Hear No Evil, UK
Warren Riker -
New York
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Elliot Scheiner - Presense studios, CT NEW!
Tolbert & Sutton - Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK

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Iraq Today
Water Storage Over Radioactiv Threat

Children from Al Wadiyah carry home clean water barrels which Greenpeace activists exchanged for radioactive ones.

According to Greenpeace, locals in Iraq gathered radioactive barrels for water storage and despite Greenpeace efforts to collect the hazardous containers they've realized that "for many the immediate need for water storage over rides the unseen threat of radioactivity," said Mike Townsley of Greenpeace.
Two members of the Greenpeace team are maintaining a weblog diary of their mission to Iraq. You can review a history of the expedition to date and monitor live developments here


Farewell to an Icon
Barry White
September 12, 1944 - July 4, 2003

White wasn't just a seduction artist with a deep voice. Given the balancing act he pulled off, he was one of the great contortionists of modern times. As a singer, White evoked utter sincerity in wantin' your love B-A-D bad, baby, uh huh. But as an icon, he was also able to laugh at himself.

So he turned up in lots of odd places, serving as a romantic oracle to be channeled by aspiring Lotharios on everything from "The Simpsons" to "Ally McBeal." The MTV cartoon duo "Beavis & Butt-head" dubbed White "the horniest dude of all time." There was also the now-legendary "Late Night With David Letterman," appearance where White intoned a top-10 list of "Words That Are Romantic When Spoken by Barry White" - a list that included the words "Oprah," "gingivitis" and "Giuliani."

White's generosity of spirit extended to his activism on the south centeral LA streets where he grew up.

White pioneered the role of the plus-sized R&B balladeer, men who live large and love larger. While Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert and new "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard fit that mold, too, they're just a shadow of the originator. And none of the rest can touch White's musical virtuosity.

After a massive run of success during the '70s, White struggled through the '80s before coming back with a vengeance in the '90s. His double-platinum 1994 album "The Icon Is Love" was one of the biggest hits of his career, triggering a critical reassessment that earned him a modicum of grudging respect. Recent years have brought further honors, including his belated first-ever Grammy Awards - for the aptly titled 1999 album "Staying Power."

Even though White himself is gone, his music won't be disappearing anytime soon. In fact, there's a brilliant bootleg called "The Theme I Love" at Soundhog a mashup that puts Eminem's staccato rap from "The Way I Am" over the swelling strings of White's 1973 instrumental "Love's Theme" (a song that launched a thousand golf tournament telecasts, and countless more romantic interludes).

There's an old saying that goes, if you ain't getting bootlegged, you ain't happenin'. Barry White was, is and always will be happenin'.

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